chickens in their DIY chicken tunnel. We live in a residential area, so to keep the chickens protected from hawks, dogs and other predators (and to keep them out of our neighbor's yard) we hook up their portable play-pen to the run and let them range.
Soapy water can help eliminate pests. A comment: When the going gets tough, add some Listerine type mouth wash and a bit of water that chewing tobacco has been soaked in. This mix can defeat - of the pests: slugs, snails and rabbits hate the taste of it.
Composting idea: Worm Tower - Drill lots of holes in a pvc pipe. Bury all but 6 inches in garden. Place kitchen scraps in the hole. Worms will come in and eat and then transfer the "goodies" throughout the garden.
This is a great idea since topsoil was such a bear to find last year! How to layer material for a raised bed garden without importing expensive potting mix & topsoil: Layer: Straw mulch Compost Newspaper/ cardboard Grass clippings Rough mulch Branches